UNESCO World Heritage terraced vineyards in Switzerland
In the south of Switzerland, overlooking Lake Geneva, is Lavaux region. It’s a beautiful area composed of 830 hectares of terraced vineyards. And since 2007 it has entered the (long) list of UNESCO world heritage sites.
The terraces date back to the 11th/12th century, and the effort of a community of Cistercians monks. Here, today, local winemakers grow mainly Chasselas and Pinot Noir grapes.
Despite Switzerland temperate climate, Lavaux vineyards enjoy a more “Mediterranean” life and ripening. A few factors are playing an important role in creating Lavaux micro climate. You have the southern aspects of the terraces plus both the lake and stones reflecting the sun light and keeping temperatures high day and night.
Wine produced in Lavaux is also protected. In fact, there are three AOC (Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée) produced here: Lavaux, Dézaley, Calamin.
J. & M. Dizerens
Family run winery in Lavaux, Switzerland
J. & M. Dizerens is a family run winery in Lutry in the Lavaux region of Switzerland. They have been producing wine here for five generations.
Despite the challenges that the Lavaux terraces represent for vignerons, they work their land and vineyards with love and passion.
They work with local, native grapes as well as international varieties. Chasselas , Diolinoir, Plant-Robert are some of the indigenous grape varieties J. & M. Dizerens vinify with.Link to here...
Plant-Robert is a rare grape variety that almost became extinct in the 1960s. It is found in the Vaud canton of Switzerland and since 2007 an association of vignerons from the Lavaux region has started protecting it. With DNA tests we have discovered that Plant-Robert is in fact a biotype of Gamay. Unlike Gamay Plant-Robert produces wine with a distinctive, spicy note.Link to here...